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Avoid surprises, manage expectations and recover time to advise

Delivering high quality college planning just got a lot easier.

Using the latest admissions data, College Kickstart empowers your students to take charge of their college plans while keeping you in the loop every step of the way.

It's incredibly easy to use, tuned to each student's list of schools and academic credentials, and helps you bridge the gap between "colleges I'm thinking about" and "colleges I'm applying to."

There's simply no better way to avoid surprises, manage expectations and free up time to do what you do best: advise!

Enriched admissions data

Enriched admissions data

With college admissions getting more sophisticated by the day, it's no longer enough to simply rely on year-old Common Data Sets to guide your plans.

When colleges eliminate testing or essays to expand access or rely more on early admission and waitlists to optimize yield, it can wreak havoc on admission rates and put a good college plan at risk.

College Kickstart helps you stay on top of the changes and minimize surprises. We start with the Common Data Set as our foundation, and enrich it in several ways to make sure you're working with the latest and most complete data available. We scour institutional research websites, news releases and other credible sources to track current year early and regular admission rates, key application requirements, affordability data, and even admission rates for 300+ departments across 40 popular institutions such as Cornell, Duke, Tufts, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, UMass Amherst and UCLA.

Spend less time data hunting and more time being your student's college whisperer.

Empowered students

Empowered students

College Kickstart not only keeps vigil on the data for you, it also empowers your students to take greater ownership of their college plans.

Given a list of schools they have in mind and their academic credentials, we'll help:

  • Ensure their lists are balanced and set up for success
  • Capitalize on early admission opportunities
  • Minimize wasted effort along the way
  • Track key application requirements
  • Consider affordability as part of the plan

Better yet, plans are automatically updated each time the student's list of schools or academic profile change.

It's incredibly easy to use and a far better way to get and stay organized.

Better aligned expectations

Better aligned expectations

Managing student/parent expectations is always a delicate task.

Let us relieve some of the stress by providing the hard data to support what you know instinctively. Our objective, data-driven approach takes the emotion out of the equation and lets you spend less time being the bearer of bad news and more time on setting up your students for success.

Better yet, with our local context option enabled, you'll be able to leverage your high school's historical admissions data to drive how schools are categorized in College Kickstart. It's a powerful way to reflect the admissions "bump" you've developed with particular institutions over the years.

More time to advise

More time to advise

Less time keeping vigil on the data and implications for your students means more time to do what you do best: advise.

Our counselor dashboard makes it easy to track the latest plans and activity history for each student under your charge. You'll have one-click access to:

  • Plan summaries
  • Key application requirements
  • Need-based financial aid ratings
  • Merit-based financial aid ratings

You'll also be able to track the impact you're having on list quality, early admission and wasted motion and quickly identify students who need more attention.

New for 2017 is a personalized plan reporting capability to make it easy to create professional-quality reports for your students. Plans may be customized with your logo and tailored commentary for your student, making it a great way to convey value to your students and parents.

Streamlined board reporting

Streamlined board reporting

New outcome reports simplify the task of board reporting. You'll be able to import student outcomes, generate admission and matriculation summaries, compare school results to the latest national data and rankings, and even analyze results by quintile.

All reports can be generated as PDFs or exported to Excel for additional spreadsheet jockeying.

Plan impact reporting

Plan impact reporting

Of course, it's not just about outcomes, it also about the journey to get there. College Kickstart makes it possible to track the impact you've had on that journey through our new and improved plan impact report. You'll be able to track student engagement levels, average plan iterations and the impact you're having on list quality, early admission and wasted motion.

Works the way you work

Works the way you work

Use College Kickstart in the way you feel most comfortable. Plans can be driven by you, the student, or begin with you and passed to the student when you deem them ready. Better yet, you can decide on an individual student-by-student basis when to pass control, if ever.

A companion to the tools you already use

A companion to the tools you already use

College Kickstart is designed to complement your existing processes and tools, not replace them. Our focus is on the plan and how to best equip your students to take charge of it with while keeping you in the loop every step of the way.

It's like injecting fresh data and insightful analytics into your current planning process.

The company we keep


  • "We want to minimize the uncertainty that can surround the college selection process and empower our students to be the driver of their own journey. As a team of five, we are the passengers not the pilots while students find which colleges meet their needs and goals, and ultimately make decisions. College Kickstart meshes perfectly with our philosophy and complements our existing tools such as Naviance.

    My team was impressed and we look forward to putting College Kickstart to work. It definitely helps us minimize uncertainty with sensible plans powered by students and supported by us."

    Amy Selinger, Director of College Counseling
    Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School
  • "We're having better conversations with our kids using College Kickstart. Since it gives them an objective read on their lists, it helps align expectations with less emotion, re-centers our conversations, and lets our kids move towards more realistic plans."

    Greg Williams, Director of College Counseling
    Westminster School
  • "I would estimate that College Kickstart frees up nearly 150 extra hours (about two hours per student) by pulling together admission rates, need-based aid policies, and availability of merit aid customized for each of my students. I use these 150 regained hours to work on composing letters of recommendation, scheduling college visits, and meeting with parents and students.

    College Kickstart also helps take the sting out of delivering the news that a student may, for example, have too many reaches in his or her list. It provides an objective third-party evaluation of each student's college list based on real admissions data."

    Amelia Johnson, Director of College Advising
    Indian Springs School
  • "​The external validation that C​ollege ​Kickstart​ provides has been enormously valuable to me. As a new high school, we don’t have historical data to guide us.​

    My students can run different scenarios on their own and and get judgement-free and risk-free feedback based on ​real data immediately. Using College Kickstart​ to explore their options is very empowering for them. They feel they can take more control of the process.​"

    Patricia Goldsmith, Dean of College Counseling
    The Nueva School


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